epigone

[ep-i-gohn]

noun

an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.

Nearby words

  1. epiglottidectomy,
  2. epiglottis,
  3. epiglottitis,
  4. epignathous,
  5. epigon,
  6. epigoni,
  7. epigonus,
  8. epigram,
  9. epigrammatic,
  10. epigrammatize

Also ep·i·gon [ep-i-gon] /ˈɛp ɪˌgɒn/.

Origin of epigone

1860–65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gonos, akin to gígnesthai to be born

Related formsep·i·gon·ic [ep-i-gon-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈgɒn ɪk/, adjectivee·pig·o·nism [ih-pig-uh-niz-uh m, e-pig-, ep-uh-goh-niz-im, -gon-iz-] /ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm, ɛˈpɪg-, ˈɛp əˌgoʊ nɪz ɪm, -ˌgɒn ɪz-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for epigon

epigone

epigon (ˈɛpɪˌɡɒn)

noun

rare an inferior follower or imitator

Word Origin for epigone

C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene

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Word Origin and History for epigon

epigone

n.

also epigon, "undistinguished scions of mighty ancestors," (sometimes in Latin plural form epigoni), from Greek epigonoi, in classical use with reference to the sons of the Seven who warred against Thebes; plural of epigonos "born afterward" from epi (see epi-) + -gonos, from root of gignesthai "to be born" related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus).

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